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Mumbai monorail clears final hurdle, could open on January 26

With Mumbai's monorail project clearing its final hurdle, there is a possibility that monorail could be inaugurated on Republic Day.

MUMBAI: If everything goes according to plan, then it’s just a matter of days before Mumbaikars can travel in the country's first monorail between Wadala and Chembur. The last hurdle to the Phase 1 of the Monorail has been cleared with the project getting final clearance from the retired Commissioner of Railways Safety (CRS), which means that the project can be thrown open for to the public anytime.

Confirming the same, Metropolitan Commissioner UPS Madan said, “On Monday, we received the final clearance from retired CRS which means that the phase-1 of monorail between Wadala-Chembur can be thrown open to the public. The retired CRS has given his report and recommendations which we will be now forwarding to the state government so that the government can come out with the final notification.”
Mumbai monorail
India's first monorail during a test drive in Mumbai. File Pic 

Highly placed sources from MMRDA told MiD DAY that the planning authority wants to do the inauguration of the monorail in a few days and one of the dates that has been shortlisted is Republic Day.

The safety certification of monorail Phase-1 was started on last Monday by retired CRS G P Garg. As a part of the certification process, the retired CRS thoroughly inspected the line.

The good, the bad and the ugly of the monorail:

Advantages

Reduced traffic: Nearly 28,000 taxis and auto rickshaws and 25,000 private cars will be reduced.

Reduced travel time: MMRDA says the 40-minute commute will be reduced to 21 minutes

Less crowded: The capacity of the four cars is 8,000 to 12,000 per hour per direction (PHPD).

Reduced pollution: The monorail produces less noise and is eco-friendly.

Did you know?

The Rs 2,700-crore Jacob Circle-Wadala-Chembur monorail project was divided into two phases — Phase I: Wadala-Chembur and Phase II: Jacob Circle-Wadala.

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